The Joya Red is a cigar by Joya de Nicaragua. JDN is known for full strength cigars with a high nicotine content, but the Red is touted as a low strength cigar that everyone can enjoy. Once lit up, we found that this cigar is very mild with a sweet creamy flavor and some other subtleties. There were a couple of minor construction issues. Overall, this cigar is very mild and does not offer any flavor transitions, just a sweet creamy tobacco flavor throughout. If you’re after a very mild cigar, this may be right for you, but we think even mild cigars can offer a little more in the flavor category.
Flavor and Taste: 14/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
IamDarren: Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 9/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
IamDarren: nice shiny wrapper. Easy draw after the cut
IamDarren: getting a very buttery / nutty flavor on the cold draw
Terry1: The Joya Red is nice looking cigar. Got a good draw. Getting a dusty pecan shell note. Ready to light up and see what this cigar has to offer.
IamDarren: great, lets get started
IamDarren: wow, very creamy. Getting that dusty pecan you mentioned. Slight earthy flavor. Sweetness is like caramel. Kinda has that candybar quality.
Terry1: Good amount of smoke to start with. It is creamy. I’m getting a hint of the sweetness, a medium pepper and a hint of black coffee on the finish.
IamDarren: starting to get a hint of something on the finish. Kinda funny, the aroma has the smell of a very strong cigar but its very smooth and creamy.
IamDarren: just starting to get that coffee flavor on the finish. Maybe just a hint of pepper but I just can’t believe how smooth and creamy this cigar is. Definitely not what I expected from a JDN.
Terry1: The pepper faded fast. A mild sweetness is present with that creaminess. The finish is somewhat bitter. I’m wondering if my cigar is a little wet. It’s a little squishy and the there’s very little resting smoke.
IamDarren: mine is starting to do the same thing. If I let it sit and rest for long I have to triple draw to get it going again.
Terry1: JDN is known for the strong cigars. The Red is supposed to be their entry to a milder smoking experience.
Terry1: It’s burning fine thou. Flavors are milder than I expected. I’m liking it but I wish there was more to it
IamDarren: i think i read that they used lower primings for this one. It makes a lot of sense. Several of their other lines are almost too strong in my opinion. I do like a strong cigar but not to the point where it covers up some of the complex flavors.
IamDarren: Mine started great but the further in I get the less smoke im getting and the more muted the flavors are getting.
Terry1: Same here. The flavors are getting muted. I will add that I’m enjoying this blend more so than many of the Connecticuts I’ve tried. There’s a nice creamy caramel note I’m liking.
Terry1: Peeled the band off without incident. Burn is still good. A mild pepper is coming back, still mostly a creamy sweetness. I’m over the halfway mark and I’m surprised I can feel a hint some nicotine. With the mild flavors I wasn’t expecting any strength.
Terry1: Looks like the box price is in the 4-5 dollar range.
IamDarren: im at the halfway mark, and my band came off easily. Smoke production and flavors have improved on mine. Getting a little more pepper now especially on the retrohale. Looks like these are price well. Hopefully the last half performs well.
Terry1: I’m liking the second half more so than the first half. That bitterness on the finish is all but gone for me. Still mostly a nice creamy sweetness.
IamDarren: i never got much of the bitterness. The only thing i don’t like at this point is how spongy it is. I don’t think they packed it very well. I haven’t chomped on it much at all and its already flattened out into a chisel.
Terry1: Yeah I’m not liking the sponginess either.
Terry1: About half way through the final third and this is weird but I’m detecting a little mintiness. Strength is a solid medium now for me.
IamDarren: flavors are pleasant but haven’t changed much. I was expecting it to get stronger but im in the last third and no changes yet.
Terry1: Flavors have been consistent. Nothing offensive but nothing rememberable either. Just creamy sweetness with hints of other notes popping up once in a while.
IamDarren: I don’t think they outsource any of their tobacco. Most of the JDN cigars I’ve had are very “one note” and not complex
Terry1: I’m about done. No other changes.
IamDarren: same here, decent flavor still but nothing to write home about
IamDarren: Not bad, but not great. They need to throw another leaf in there to give it some more complexity
Terry1: If you like milder cigars the Joya Red is worth trying. If you prefer full bodied cigars you may be disappointed.